Would you take a pill knowing that the side effects include blood clots, heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and even gallbladder disease? Thanks to aggressive marketing by Bayer and other pharmaceutical companies millions of women have taken Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz, Safyral and Vestura .
Bayer Pharmaceuticals, which makes Yaz, Yasmin and Beyaz, has heavily marketed these contraceptives to young women as not only preventing pregnancy, but also preventing PMS and even controlling acne breakouts.
The link to blood clots in these contraceptives lies with the synthetic hormone, drospirenone. Drospirenone has been linked to serious side effects. There are many other side effects. You can read more at http://www.drugwatch.com/yaz/side-effects.php
The chemical combinations in Vestura, Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella can cause abnormal blood clotting. This results in blood clotting when it is unnecessary and inside the blood vessel, vein or artery.These abnormal blood clots can break away from the blood vessel on which they formed. When these clots break away they travel through the blood stream and can form a blockage or become lodged inside the heart itself. This blockage can starve the flow of blood and cause a heart attack. If the blood clot lodges in the brain, it can result in a stroke. If the blood clot lodges in the pulmonary artery that supplies blood to the lungs, it can result in a pulmonary embolism (or PE).
The FDA has said Bayer went too far in its marketing claims about Yaz. The FDA sent Bayer a number of scolding letters and required Bayer to issue new advertisements retracting previous claims about Yaz’s effectiveness.
Dr. David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner working as an expert for the plaintiffs that are suing, said that Bayer researchers found increased reports of blood clots in women using Yasmin in the United States, compared with those using three other pills, but did not provide that information to the FDA in a 2004 safety review.
“Bayer presented a selective view of the data, and that presentation obscured the potential risks associated with Yasmin,” Dr. Kessler testified. He also said the company promoted the pill for alleviating premenstrual syndrome, when it was NOT approved for that use.
Here’s what one young woman wrote on a website I was researching the side effects of these pills; “I just happened to see something about this on the news yesterday. It’s funny because I have been taking Beyaz for 2 months and I noticed that since I’ve been taking it, I have a lot of bleeding between periods and in the spotting are several tiny blood clots….not sure if that has anything to do with the ones that can lodge in your brain or lungs but it’s something to think about for me. After seeing this article I won’t be continuing my prescription nor will I finish the pack that I am on. Thanks!”
Before taking a birth control pill or any other pharmaceutical drug make sure you research and find one with the least side effects. The lower-dose estrogen pills and the ones with progestins are considered to have the least risk. Talk to your doctor and insist on getting birth control pills with levonorgesterol or norethisterone and a low dose of estrogen. Your doctor may try to tell you that the risks are minimal but be insistent. Avoid Yaz,Vestura, Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyral and Ocella. Your life depends on it!
How Healthy Do You Want To Be? Just Out Of Pain? A Little Healthy? Very Healthy Or Extremely Healthy? By Dr. Gonzalez
Health is like wealth. Many people dream of being rich. They fantasize about what they would do if they won the lottery. Some people might even have ideas about how they could get rich. They know it is possible. They might even personally know someone who is very financially well off.
Then there are those that don’t only dream of being rich but have a plan to attain wealth. They know they need to be consistent and work their plan. They understand that attaining wealth takes time and patience. They don’t just dream about it. They are actually doing something about it.
Getting healthy is very similar. Many people remember when they were younger and full of energy. They were at their ideal weight, they didn’t hardly ever get sick or have to take any prescription drugs. But now they are in their forties and this is when life catches up to you if not sooner. They don’t play any more sports like they did when they were in high school or college. They got busy with life, marriage, work, kids eating out, not making time to take care of self.
They think about getting healthy but it’s easier to just keep doing the same thing. Besides taking prescription drugs is easy and it seems to keep the high blood pressure or diabetes or both under control. Or is it high cholesterol or allergies, or acid reflux or all of the above. It’s just easier to keep taking those pills the doctor prescribed. Besides that’s what the doctor ordered. He must know best, he’s the doctor. That’s what doctors are for…right? To tell us what to do when we are sick or when our bodies are not working right? Right? Wrong.
Change is difficult for some people. It’s like when they go to their favorite restaurant they order the same thing every time. we are creatures of habit. Some habits are good and some are not so good. Some habits are downright nasty and bad for you. The point is people don’t like change.
What does it take to commit to making some healthy changes in your life? For some people it’s a surviving a heart attack. Talk about a wake up call. Unfortunately most people are not so lucky. They don’t survive a heart attack. For those few that do some will go on to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Not all will. That’s just human nature.
So do you want to get out of pain? Do you want to get healthy? Healthier than you are already? I always ask my patients what do they want to get from seeing me. I know what I would like for all my patients. For them to stop smoking, start exercising, eat healthier, cut down on the booze, become their own best doctor. I do have some pretty healthy patients but the majority of people could improve on their health.
Part of the problem is that most people have been programmed, conditioned, brainwashed, lied to or just plain misinformed. Along with that, unfortunately, our health care system is set up to treat diseases or dysfunctions in the body. It is not designed to get and keep people well, fit and healthy. Television commercials has taught people to “ask your doctor” if this drug is right for you. Prescription drug commercials has taught people into believing that if something is wrong with the body you go to a doctor so he/she can prescribe a pill. And of course you don’t even need to see a doctor to buy OTC (over the counter) drugs and self medicate.
I learned a long time ago that OTC or prescription drugs was not the answer to being healthy. I also learned that you cannot depend on doctors to teach you to get and stay healthy. It’s not a smart move for them, financially.
What can you do if you really want to get healthy. First of all how healthy do you really want to get and are you willing to make the necessary changes to make it happen? Take a good hard look at your options. You continue doing what you’re doing and take a greater risk of getting a heart attack, diabetes, obesity, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, dialysis everyday by the time your fifty something and on and on.
Or you could make a few changes to your daily routine like walking 40-60 minutes a day at least 5 times a week. If you have bad knees you need to take Procosa which is the best glucosamine on the market. In fact the company stands behind a 100% money back guarantee. You can get it at www.drcarlos.usana.com. I have put many patients and friends on it with excellent results.
You could also make a few small changes to your diet of soda, chips and salsa, fried foods, ice cream, none or little veggies, not enough pure water, hardly any fruit, too much meat, potatoes, french fries, pizza, white bread, milk, fast food and regular restaurants and I could go on but you get the picture. Right?
Start making a few changes little by little. Maybe cut out one of those foods from your diet and replace it with something healthy. After a couple of weeks replace another unhealthy food with a healthy choice. Before you know it you will have dramatically improved your diet, your waistline and your health.
Baby steps to a healthier you! You will feel so much better. Your energy levels will increase, your sex drive will improve, you will have a deeper sleep, your focus and concentration will be sharp and keen, people will notice a difference and compliment you! And just as important if not more important you will prevent most diseases and premature death.
Remember…..just start by making some small changes but you need to take action NOW!
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